Phillies turn to former UK pitcher Joe Blanton in game four

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Joe Blanton; UK Athletics Wallpaper

In preparation for his start tonight in game four of the NLCS an assortment of Joe Blanton links from across the Internet:

  • Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Phillies ace Roy Halladay was willing to start in game four on short rest, but manager Charlie Manuel is sticking with Blanton.
  • Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports the Phillies’ united front on the decision hasn’t prevented plenty of speculation that Blanton shouldn’t be starting tonight outside of the clubhouse.
  • MLB.com previews Blanton’s start in a video.
  • Philadelphia Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon, a self-proclaimed Joe Blanton fan, is among those who thinks Halladay should be getting the game-four start.
  • Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford writes the Phillies are turning to the “other one” in Blanton, who is used to stepping up for game-four playoff starts.
  • Blanton is 2-0 with a 3.89 ERA in eight postseason appearances including five starts. (Stats via Baseball-Reference.com)
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